My story is a typical one, though were led to believe it’s not. Every shock survivor I’ve talked to has some variation of these experiences.
Same song. Different tune.
Our stories are valid; our damage doesn’t evaporate when someone points out Suzie Success Story who responded fabulously to shock.
Nor does the issue of nonexistent informed consent- so stop saying “it helps some” as an end to discussion.
Stop acting like its heresy to question why it helped Suzie.
- organic brain syndrome?
- Rest and pain meds following the procedure?
- The very story she was told about her treatment resistant depression and the magical and mysterious, kinder gentler, shock treatment ?
- Does treatment resistant depression even exist?
- Is there a better way to help her?
These questions don’t hurt Suzie- they look out for her.
These questions aren’t without answer as many psychiatrists would have you believe and choose to ignore. Shock is not as shrouded in mystery as psychiatry says it is.
Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!
Don’t cower when someone throws down a “my life was saved by shock” story, or a “we don’t know how but it works,” line.
I started out as a Suzie.
Then reality caught up with me. You know the rest.
I wish someone had persisted. Asked questions. Told me the truth. Gave me alternatives.
Keep the conversation going. Ask questions. Challenge accepted wisdom.
The lives of all the people damaged by shock as well as the Suzies out their depend on it.
Hyman, M. (2008, March 2). Why Antidepressants Do Not Work for Treating Depression [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rg3KgRXDB3k
Ross, C. A. (2006). The Sham ECT Literature: Implications for Consent to ECT. Retrieved from http://www.ectresources.org/ECTscience/Ross_2006___Sham_ECT_Literatures.pdf
Stevens, L. (n.d.). Psychiatry’s Electroconvulsive Shock Treatment (ECT): ACrimeAgainst Humanity. Retrieved from http://www.antipsychiatry.org/ect.htm